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Urgent missile strike warning in Hawaii withdrawn as ‘a mistake’

An urgent alert was reportedly sent in error to residents in Hawaii on Saturday, prompting panic over what was described as a “ballistic missile threat.”

The emergency warning message instructed recipients to seek immediate shelter and emphasized that the alert was not a drill, according to CNN.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

That message was promptly followed by clarification from the state’s Emergency Management Office, which confirmed there was not active threat.

While the message caused concern on social media, the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management quickly responded on Twitter, saying, “NO missile threat to Hawaii.”

The agency’s administrator, Vern Miyagi, added in a statement only that the “warning was a mistake.”

Additional agencies and news reports have confirmed there was no danger of a missile strike on the Hawaiian islands.

With international tensions high and previous drills across the state in recent months to prepare for such an attack, many state leaders are demanding better from those tasked with monitoring the threat.

“We need to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure it never happens again,” tweeted Democratic U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.

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